How to apply for an M-PESA GlobalPay Virtual Visa Card

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M-PESA is very popular in Kenya, and for many individuals it serves as their principal means of both making and receiving payments. When it comes to making international money transfers and payments, however, it seems that this platform has a degree of adaptability that is quite constrained.

Although Safaricom has made efforts to integrate services such as PayPal and MoneyGram, the platform is still mostly dominant inside the borders of Kenya. Not so long ago, we came across information that Safaricom intended to broaden the scope of M-PESA by testing the waters of the Virtual Visa card market.

Since the launch of this service, M-millions PESA’s of clients now have the ability to generate virtual VISA cards and use those cards to make payments and purchases online. In this article, we will provide a brief walkthrough of the process of putting this together for you.

How to Create M-PESA Virtual Visa Card

  • Install M-PESA app from your Play Store or App Store.
  • Open the app and go to the “Grow” tab
  • Click “GlobalPay” and Opt-in.
  • You will receive an SMS from ‘Globalpay’ notifying you about the successful opt-in.
  • You will then need to customize your card color and image
  • After customizing how it looks, you get to create the Card.
  • You will receive an SMS with your card number and its expiry date. Keep these safe.
  • From the app you will be able to see card number details and the dynamic CVV.
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In the event that you do not choose to utilize the app, you may have access to this service using USSD by dialing *344# and selecting the Global Pay option from the menu that appears.

These M-PESA Virtual Visa Cards are an extension of your M-PESA account, and as such, they are subject to the same constraints that your M-PESA account is, including restrictions on the amount that may be transacted, the maximum balance, and so on. For example, the most you may spend on a single transaction is Ksh 150,000, and the most you can send in a single day is Ksh 300,000. These limits are identical to those imposed by M-PESA.